Bryant Tops Mount St. Mary's to Win NEC Championship

"We felt we had to get after them the first five minutes of the third," said Pressler. "We slowed the offense, and made them take longer possessions when we were on defense. When you're up nine goals, it becomes a clock game."

Out of the break, though, with a new goalie between the pipes for Mount St. Mary's, the Bulldogs couldn't find the space to deposit the ball until the 5:13 mark, when McMahon netted a top-shelf goal, his first score of the game.

But Bryant's 11th goal of the outing didn't come until after the Mount scored two goals of its own, as Christian Kellett opened second-half scoring in the second minute and Andrew Scalley netted an unaided goal with 6:09 to play in the third.

Mount St. Mary's Bryant Schmidt got on the board with two minutes to play in the frame, and Bulldog goalie Jameson Love (Darien, Conn.) would come up with two big saves in the final 30 seconds to keep the margin 11-4 in Bryant's favor entering the final 15 minutes of play.

"They cut into it, 10-3, with the first two goals of the half, so Peter McMahon's goal to make it 11-3 was huge for us," said Pressler. "But the way we were playing at both ends, we just felt that they couldn't come back. We were playing more deliberate on offense and more patient in the zone, and we were winning faceoffs. And with Kevin Massa dominating the faceoff X, it's going to be tough to string together goals against us."

But the Mountaineers would make it interesting in the fourth, as Scalley got back in the scoring column at the 12:41 mark to make it 11-5 and put much of the momentum in the Mount St. Mary's corner.

Dunster restored the seven-goal margin with 11 to go, pushing his defender back to get just enough room to rip off a high shot that found netting, but the Mountaineers would get the next one with 5:38 to play.

But it would be the last goal of the title bout, and the Bulldogs stood strong through the final minutes for the 12-6 final margin and first NEC Tournament Championship title.

"At the end of the day, the score doesn't matter," said Pressler. "Today, it was about winning this. It was about winning it in any way, shape or form."

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Moon Township, Pa. (May 6, 2012)-Mount St. Mary's fell to Bryant, 12-6, in the Northeast Conference championship game on Sunday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium. Andrew Scalley had two goals and two assists to pace the Mount in the loss.

The Mount, the defending NEC champions, was looking for its third consecutive conference title. Mount St. Mary's won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in 2010 before winning the inaugural NEC championship last season.

Bryant took control of the game early, scoring six times in the opening 10:25 of the game for a 6-0 lead. Max Weisenberg, Dan Sipperly and Colin Dunster each had two goals in the run.

Brett Schmidt got the Mount on the scoreboard, tallying his 29th goal of the year with 2:53 left in the first quarter. Schmidt has now scored at least one goal in 28 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in the nation. Sipperly answered that score with his third goal of the game with eight seconds left in the first to make the score 7-1 after one quarter.

The Bulldogs scored all three goals in the second quarter to go to the locker room with a 10-1 lead. Bryant outshot the Mount, 29-12, in the opening half and held a 17-6 advantage in ground balls.

Mount St. Mary's (6-9) scored the first two goals of the third quarter. Christian Kellett opened the scoring when he converted an Scalley pass early in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10-2. Scalley then scored unassisted to make it a 10-3 game. After a Bryant goal, the Schmidt twins connected when Bryant scored off a Brett pass to make the score 11-4 after three quarters of play.

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